Hiking, Cycling, Canoeing, Bird Watching, Art Walks, Film Screenings, Writing Sessions, Photography Workshops and More!
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty and diversity of the Okanagan and Similkameen valleys from our unique desert and wetland marshes to our grassland hills and alpine meadows.
Join prominent naturalists, painters, biologists, writers, ecologists, geologists, Aboriginal cultural leaders, photographers, and conservationists for engaging and entertaining guided tours
Flood Advisory to all Meadowlarkers:
Please be advised that the Festival and our Tour Leaders are monitoring flooding and erosion conditions closely. We will advise participants via email if any tours are cancelled as well as post them on our website. If tours are cancelled participants will be issued a full refund.
Tours cancelled to date:
Tour 2 – Sage and Sparrow Conservation Area Tour
Please Note: It is very wet and mucky out there! Wear appropriate footwear!!
The next Meadowlark Festival takes place May 17 to 21, 2018. Hope to see you there!
2018 Festival tickets go on sale starting Saturday April 14th at 10 am.
2018 Festival at a Glance tours are now updated Click Here
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Limited edition signed prints of Meadowlark by Skyler Punnett are now available at Tumbleweed Gallery : 452 Main St, Penticton –(250) 492-7701
Adopt-a-Tour is here!
Help offset a portion of the costs of our tours by adopting your favourite! In addition to the wonderful glow of supporting the Festival you receive some other really terrific benefits. Find out more here.
To download the 2018 Meadowlark Nature Festival Program Guide. Click Here!
2018 FEATURED EVENTS
2018 Keynote Speaker
Harvey Locke: A VISION FOR CONSERVATION IN THE 21st CENTURY From the Okanagan to Yellowstone to Yukon to Nature Needs Half
Friday May 18th, 7 to 9 pm
Cleland Theatre, 325 Power Street, Penticton
There is hope for wild nature and humanity in the 21st century if we respect nature’s needs. This means protecting at least half the world in an interconnected way and being very careful on the rest. Globally renowned conservationist HarveyLocke will take us on an inspiring journey from the Okanagan through Yellowstone to Yukon to the grand global conservation vision of Nature Needs Half.
Meadowlark Nature Festival is pleased to announce Skyler Punnett as our 2018 Featured Artist. Born in Penticton, Skyler has been a commercial artist for the last 10 years, working as an illustrator, storyboard artist and art director in a variety of media including animation, mobile gaming and traditional illustration. Skyler’s style combines figurative work with organic, flowing, natural subject matter. We are proud to showcase his piece entitled, Meadowlark, in our 2018 promotional material including our poster, advertisements, t-shirts and on the cover of our program guide.
“For Meadowlark I wanted to highlight the bird’s connection to the land and the interconnected web of life that it is a part of.”
– Skyler Punnett
The Changing Landscapes exhibition is on at the Penticton Museum and Archives from April 14 to May 22, 2018
In celebration of Canada’s 150 birthday as well as the 20th Anniversary of the Meadowlark Festival in 2017, Okanagan Similkameen Conservation Alliance (OSCA) developed a special multi-media project called Changing Landscapes in the South Okanagan Similkameen. The project includes a video and photo exhibit and shows the many changes to the landscape in our surrounding area over the past century.
The objective of this project is to expose people to images of our changed and changing landscape and habitats, as well as the initiatives taken to protect our natural spaces over the last century. The outcome we plan to achieve is to create an interest in our natural history, and to we create our future.
This initiative was made possible by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen and the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between the Community Foundation of the South Okanagan Similkameen, the Government of Canada, and extraordinary leaders from coast to coast to coast.